Sunday, July 25, 2010

Paint and Embroidery Combo

Sorry I've been quiet the last week but I was packing and travelling to the cabin in BC.

As always I'm always trying to come up with new ideas for art projects.

I was thinking about embroidery and how I could jazz it up a bit for the kids when I started thinking of combining a painting with embroidery detailing.  This is the result of my experiment.  The kids are eagar to try this out next.

I took some canvas fabric and pencilled in a desgin.  I was thinking of faces so my daughter suggested a sun and moon combo.  I plan on sewing this up into a little purse when I get home.

I then took acrylic paint and painted in my design.  I could see the pencil faintly thru the paint which made it easier to embroider.

Add a little water to your acrylic paint to help it spread easier on fabric.

Set aside to dry overnight.

Taking full embroidery thread I embroidered in the details adding highlights to the eyes and texture where I wanted.  Play around with light on dark and vice versa to really showcase the stitching.  The canvas was heavy enough that I did not need a hoop.

That's it.  I plan on folding it in half stitching up the side and bottom on the machine as well as adding a zipper at the top.  I'll then braid a nice strap and viola! a new purse for my upcoming trip to Paris.

Please feel free to click on the pictures to see larger for the stitching detail.

Now the kids are set to do there projects, Allie is doing a new larger pencil case for school and the boys are making bags to hold Lego and DS games.  I plan on posting their results so stayed tuned.


  1. I can't wait to see how you turn it into a little purse. I use embroidery accents all the time on my paintings and photographs. It's fun, huh?

  2. I love your creativity Gail, and this project is gorgeous. I hope you don't mind that I have added your link to mt (new) blog. Thank you.

  3. Wow what a fabulous idea. Looks so effective. Can't wait for my toddler to be old enough to have a go! Thank you!

    Maggy , Red Ted Art

  4. What a great idea to combine embroidery with painting!

  5. I love this!!! so beautiful. thank you!

  6. This is a beautiful idea. I'm adding it to my list of activities for the summer. My girls would love it.

  7. Great project. It is perfect for this coming weekend. I am planning to make a little activity with my kids. I think that kind of project is enjoyable to do.

  8. Funny thing! We must have been dipping into the same little pool of inspiration! Except YOU actually did something wonderful! I have done nothing!

    Great tutorial and a totally fun project for kids.

    Enjoy you break at the cabin. Wish I could tag along as I love Canada.

  9. Nice, keep it up.. Thanks for the info..your article is excellent,i really love it. hoping to read your following post

  10. What a cute craft! My daughter loves to sew, but right now we're on the sewing with punched paper cards stage. I can't wait till we can do something like this together!

  11. Wow!..what a cute pictures are in this post...I like it very much...I am eagerly for your next post...Thanks...


  12. I LOVE THIS!! I hope you post pictures of the finished bag.